The answers you need, when you need them

Thanks to screening mammograms, doctors can diagnose breast cancer in early stages. You might not have any symptoms of breast cancer when you get your diagnosis if you get your regular mammogram.

But breast cancer can cause symptoms, too. These symptoms might include:

  • A breast lump
  • Change in how your breast looks or feels
  • Change in the size or shape of your breast
  • Changes to the skin in your breast that can make it look dimpled or pitted
  • Changes to how your nipples look
  • Peeling or flaking of your areola or the skin over your breast

Some of these symptoms could be caused by other breast issues, like mastitis (breast infection) or non-cancerous cysts. You should always talk to your doctor about changes in your breast so you can get the right diagnosis.

Breast Cancer Tests

If you have symptoms of breast cancer or your screening mammogram shows abnormal cells, your doctor will order more tests to accurately diagnose your condition. These tests include:

  • Diagnostic mammography that focuses more closely on the abnormal area
  • Ultrasound to look more closely at the lump and what it is made of
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to create a more detailed picture of your breasts
  • Needle biopsy to remove a small sample of cells from the area of concern

A pathologist (a doctor who specializes in diagnosing conditions) can look at the cells from your needle biopsy to identify cancer. They can run additional tests on those cells to find out what type of breast cancer you have, which affects what kind of treatment you need.

Thanks to our partnership with Roswell Park, we can offer more treatments than ever for breast cancer, including clinical trials. No matter your diagnosis, we can help you fight breast cancer.

Live-Saving Cancer Care, nearby in your community.

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